Did you know there are things that you may be doing or not doing that are increasing your risk of a termite infestation at your home or business?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Every year termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage, and property owners spend over two billion dollars to treat them. Termites are insects that eat wood, soil, dead leaves and sometimes paper. There are more than 4,000 types of termites”.
Here are some of the situations that will most likely attract termites.
Termites build their colonies in moist soil. Standing water in or around your home’s foundation creates an attractive environment for these termites.
Firewood near your home
Everyone loves a fire. Not everyone loves to cart firewood a long distance to put in the fireplace so you see homes with nice, neat woodpiles close to their home for convenience. Guess what – termites love wood. The National Pest Management Association recommends that you “store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away from the home. Inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors”.
Clogged gutters present the perfect condition to attract termites. When you don’t clean out your gutters on a regular basis, leaves and other debris build up and collect moisture and you potentially have standing water. Moisture and water attract termites.
Rotting wood in your yard
Termites are always looking for a food source for their colony. When stumps and dead trees remain in your yard, they will eventually begin to decay, attracting termites. After the termites go through the decayed wood, they will begin to search close by for a new source, and your house is there next destination. Clear out the stumps and dead trees to remove their threat.
Mulch next to foundation
Your home or business look so manicured with mulch and it adds nutrients to the soil and retains moisture. Again, termites love moisture so they are going to be drawn to mulch. Monitor for termite activity.
Plants blocking vents
Keep your vents clear from blockage which includes trees and shrubs.
Cracks, openings and leaks
Openings and cracks in your building structure gives termites access to your home. Fill the cracks in cement foundations and fix any leaks immediately.
No Home Inspections
It is really hard to see termites in some places since they love dark and moist locations usually out of plain site. If you are not having your property inspect periodically, you might be surprised eventually termite colonies that settle in and do damage.
A termite specialist is the most effective way to treat termite infestations. They are highly trained and use the most advanced techniques, systems, and products available to eliminate existing termite colonies and protect homes from future risks.
Drive-Bye Exterminators offers home and commercial pest control services in Clearwater, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Family owned and operated for over 25 years, Drive-Bye Exterminators has state certified inspectors and exterminators provide roach, subterranean termite, dry wood termite, roaches, spider, ant and flea services to both commercial and residential clients. Whether a business owner needs help getting rid of a termite infestation, or a homeowner wants to rid their kitchen of ants, Drive-Bye Exterminators offers each client the same level of professionalism and excellence.
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